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Hildene

1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT 05254
802-362-1788
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Concerts, Gardens, History Museums
Activities: Skiing
Owner description: Historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens,... more » Owner description: Historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, walking trails and cross-country skiing in winter. « less
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Branford, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The house was beautiful, and the highlight in it for us was seeing one of 3 remaining hats from Abraham Lincoln. The gardens were lovely with amazing mountain views, and we loved the pullman car. The staff were all very friendly and entertaining.

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Cuttingsville, Vermont
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It's not hard to imagine the life and times of Robert Todd Lincoln and his family in this gem tucked away from the designer "discount" stores of touristy (but very beautiful Manchester, VT). It makes a huge contrast in a matter of minutes off Route 7a. The home itself has mostly original furnishings as Lincoln's granddaughter lived here until the... More

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Fairhope
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Well worth the time to visit. Gives you such a good insight into the lifestyle during the early. 1900's. The house and grounds are exquisite. The volunteers are to be commended.

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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The only child of President Lincoln to survive to adulthood built a beautiful home in Manchester. He later became president of the Pullman Company. The tour includes the house, family artifacts, as well as the history of the Pullman company and tour of an original Pullman sleeper. Plus the Hildene Farm that raises goats and makes delicious cheese for sale.

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Having become a Lincoln fan in recent years, we decided to make the trip to Hildene, as we ski at nearby Okemo Mt every winter. We were not disappointed by our visit as it is a wonderful look at the only surviving relative of Abraham and Mary. Robert became the successful head of the Pullman Company and ther is even... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

For $18, I visited the Lincoln's 8,000 sq ft home, where I could enter most rooms and learn a little about each; walk the gardens, and visit Sunbeam, a fabulously restored Pullman coach, where I learned about the Pullman Porters, a contingency of black men, who were underpaid and overworked. It is quite a lot of money, but I felt... More

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Fairhope, Alabama
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was a highlight of our trip to Vermont! 96% of the furnishings at Hildene are original! Fascinating story about the Lincoln Family and Robert's success with Pullman. the Sunbeam has been immaculately restored. The staff at Hildene are friendly and informative, be sure an visit the farm as well. If you love history, then you will love Hildene!

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South Florida, Florida
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145 reviews 145 reviews
22 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The views from the estate grounds are quite amazing and if the leaves are changing, it is spectacular. The house is grand but is overshadowed by the grounds. The Pullman Car is worth the short walk although they have a cart that will take you there. The house is really open and shows both the private, public and staff areas.... More

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania, United States
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123 reviews 123 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

I found the house to be very accessible in terms of not very many rooms were off limits. The docents were indeed very knowledgeable . They had excellent guest amenities (a tram car and visitor center with two movies to watch to get a high level overview). Would have liked to have seen more plaques about the history of the... More

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HildeneLaine, Vice President and Creative Director at Hildene, responded to this review

Thank you for your suggestions, we will follow up on them. The "garbage" along the tram route is the old Lincoln family dump. At some point we will have college students do a "dig" to identify and inventory what is there. We will make sure our tram drivers know to note this to our guests. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It's an amazing place to visit. Very serene and peaceful. A great place to learn about the descendants of Abraham Lincoln. The only downside are their opening hours. They close at 4:30pm so you would have to go there early.

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